I am a word and architecture addict with four children and one husband. Which sometimes adds up to five children. I have completed four novels, and hope soon to complete my fifth. When I am not mothering or wife-ing or working or writing or gardening, I can usually be found sleeping. Deeply.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an ordinary town as the oldest child in a very large family. I craved solitude, and I found that solitude in books. I read mostly fantasy; Anne McCaffery, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robin McKinly. To this day, Robin McKinly's 'Beauty' is one of my favorites. I think I've worn out four separate copies. I found the best enjoyment in books about young women who leave home and find a beautiful broken place and make it their own.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 20. I had a story making a circular track around the inside of my skull, and I had to get it out. It was pretty badly written, and knowing what I know now about writing, it's agonizing to read, but I still love the story. As a young mother with four small children, I ran into that craving for solitude again, and I started writing in earnest. I joined a writers' group and found some magnificent friends who helped me polish my words. Between then and now, I finished four more stories in various genres and various stages of writing. Thistleheart is the first one I feel is ready for an audience.
Blythe Hamilton has disappeared. In the abandoned gardens of the great estate known as Thistleheart, Blythe finds the solitude she craves--and unexpected company.
The ghosts of Thistleheart can't rest in peace with the ancient demon Abyssal circling restlessly outside the protective walls. If Blythe can't defeat Abyssal, the occupants of Thistleheart will pay the price.